Cops say driver who struck cyclist not at fault but arrest her for fleeing 

Cops are scratching their heads about a driver who allegedly struck a cyclist in the Western Addition and fled — even though the accident was not her fault.

The driver even got out of her car to help the cyclist after Wednesday’s accident at the intersection of Fillmore and McAllister streets around 5:50 p.m.

She fled before cops or an ambulance arrived, police at Northern Station said.

It was not immediately clear whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The cyclist ran a red light when he was struck. Witnesses called police after the collision.

“Witnesses said the driver got out and began comforting the driver,” police said. “She then tried to make him get up until witnesses intervened and prevented her from moving the bicyclist. The driver then got in her car and left the scene.”

Cops found out where the driver lived and arrested her there for felony hit and run, police said.

“If she had stayed at the scene she would not have been arrested and she was not most at fault in the collision,” police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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